Do you ever take a photograph and then totally forget about it? I took the following photograph on June 5. Yesterday I was moving some photographs to my portable hard drive and took a closer look at this one. At first glance I had thought it was a Red-bellied Woodpecker feeding a fledgling. The quality was not good, so I never posted it. The quality is obviously no better than before, but the subject is different from my first impression.
There are actually three woodpeckers in the photograph. The one being fed has more red than one would expect on a fledgling and looks more like a female. The bird on the upper right appears to be the fledgling.
I have never observed feeding as courtship behavior among these woodpeckers, so I don't know just what this means. I would appreciate any information you might have.
The bird being fed looks almost like an older fledgling beginning to get some red, but it's hard to believe it would be that old on June 5. Perhaps the color came early. Assuming it is a fledgling, then the photograph is a parent with two fledglings. What do you think?
I apologize again for the poor quality of the photograph, but it's what we have.